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‘Water resources and ecosystems’ is the principal priority in UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector in 2002-2003, reflecting the widely held view that freshwater resources and their integrated management is one of the most critical environment and development issues of the coming decades.  

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Biosphere Reserves and Freshwater Ecosystems
A fair number of the sites within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves are actively concerned with interactions between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and with addressing issues related to the rational use of water resources.
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Coastal Regions and Small Islands
‘Freshwater’ is one of the themes within the Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) platform
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Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)
A number of the 200 subject themes of EOLSS are concerned with water-related issues, including water science and technology (history and future), modeling of water resource systems and its role in planning, water quality and heath, water pollution, water quality standards, groundwater, limnology, unconventional water systems.
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IGCP Project on Quaternary Glaciation in Asia
Among the ongoing co-operative projects within the International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP) is that on ‘Glaciation and Reorganization of Asia’s Drainage’.
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International Hydrological Programme (IHP)
UNESCO’s intergovernmental programme on water resources, with a current (2002-2007) focus on ‘Water interactions: systems at risk and social challenges’.
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International Year of Freshwater (2003)
UNESCO is a lead agency for the International Year, which provides an opportunity to promote the principles and practices of integrated water resources management.
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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
The Convention on Wetlands, which was signed in Ramsar (Iran) in 1971, provides one of the principal international instruments for the conservation of wetlands.
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Ramsar-MAB Co-operation
Joint web site reflecting co-operative programme and shared-contiguous sites between the Ramsar Convention and UNESCO-MAB.
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World Heritage Convention
Outstanding inland water locations feature in a number of the sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.
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World Water Assessment
For development, capacity-building and the environment
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World Water Forum
The Third World Water Forum will be held from 16-23 March 2003 at various venues (Kyoto, Shiga, Osaka) in the Yoda River Basin in Japan. The forum will include a ministerial conference and a water fair/festival consisting of a series of water-related events.
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